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How to Replace Mirror 97-99 Toyota 4Runner

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How to Replace Mirror 97-99 Toyota 4Runner

Created on: 2012-03-11

If the side view mirror is broken, this video shows what the steps are to replace it

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry up the window switch panel by hand
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pry off the door pull trim with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two Phillips head screws inside the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Push the center of the pin on the each side of the door panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the pin
    • Pull the door handle forward and out
    • Pull the door lock rod clip out towards you
    • Lift the door lock rod off the door handle
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step 2 :Removing the Rear View Mirror
    • Pry off the mirror base trim piece with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Carefully pull back part of the water shield
    • Disconnect the speaker wiring lead
    • Unclip the speaker wiring lead from the door with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the speaker
    • Remove the three 10mm bolts holding the mirror
    • Pull the mirror free from the assembly clip
    • Lift the mirror up and off
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Rear View Mirror
    • Clip the mirror into place
    • Insert the three 10mm bolts that hold the mirror
    • Clip the speaker wiring into the door and plug the wiring lead in
    • Insert the Phillips screw into the speaker
    • Re-clip the mirror base trim piece
    • Replace the water shield
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Clip in the switch panel
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Replace the door handle bezel
    • Insert the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Clip in the door pull handle panel
    • Insert the two Phillips head screws inside the door pull

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    10mm Wrench

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the side rear view mirror on this Toyota 4Runner. We show you the driver's side, but the passenger's side is basically the same. Though mirrors differ somewhat, this process is basically the same for any 1996 to 2002 4Runner. The tools you'll need include a small flat blade screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a door panel clip tool or a putty knife, a 10mm socket, a ratchet or a wrench.

Start with the small screwdriver, and get right under the front here. Pry that up and then pull this out. There are three harnesses to unplug. They each have tabs you push with your thumb and then pull out. Take your screwdriver again, go up under here, and pry up on the arm rest and it comes out. Now, use your Phillips screwdriver, and screw from here. Okay, then there's a little pin right back here. You push the center of it in and then use either a screwdriver or your fingernails and pull that clip out.

Get your door handle, pull it forward, and bring it out. There's a little clip right here that holds the lock rod. Pull that clip out towards you, lift the handle up off, push the rod down, and that comes off. Now, using a door handle clip tool or a putty knife, and probably starting here, slide down and you'll come to some of the pins. Pop the pins out. Get to them. There's also a little pin right up in here that's missing on this vehicle. Put the passenger sides here so I can show you how to remove it on the passenger side door. Just push the center of this in, and then pull it out. Pull the door up and it comes off.

To get to your mirror, you want to remove this triangle. There's a little pin in here. You can just pull firmly or use a screwdriver, pry lightly, and pull at the same time. Then that comes right off. Pull your water shield back just a little bit. Try not to rip it or stretch it too much, and your harness plugs in right here. Press down on the tab with this connect harness, pull it through, then use a screwdriver. There's a little clip here. Push down on the top and pull up from the bottom.

Now you can see there are three 10mm bolts that hold the mirror in. First, we'll remove the screw so we can move the speaker out of the way. Fast-forward here as I use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw for the speaker. Then carefully let the speaker hang down. Then use a 10mm socket with a ratchet extension, or a wrench would work as well, and remove the three bolts that hold the mirror.

The original mirror has a little assembly line clip just so they can kind of clip the mirror on there, and you just kind of have to pull it, just nice and firm. Work it around a little bit. There's your mirror out.

The new mirror is from 1A Auto, just like the original. They come molded in black plastic. Obviously, you can install them and they'll make a functional replacement, it just wouldn't be the same color as your vehicle. If you want to paint them to match the vehicle, you can use crude as just getting some paint from a hardware store that is a close match, or if you want a good match, go to an automotive parts store that has a paint department. They can usually match the color pretty well, put some in an air-charged can, and you can spray it yourself. You'd want to tape off the mirror surface, make sure that you don't paint the gasket. Obviously, my original mirror is fine, so the installation is to reverse the procedure.

Make sure you put the harness right through. Speed it up here again. Start all three bolts in first, and then tighten them with your wrench or 10mm socket and ratchet. You want to make them firm, not over tight. Put your harness and plug it in to leave that all back in place. Now, take your speaker, put it back up in, and put in that little screw that holds it in place. Tighten that up, and you can put your door panel on. I'm going to kind of speed up the tape as I put the door panel back on. It's pretty easy once you've gotten it off, but you can probably pick up enough right here.

Hang the door panel up on top of the sill. Make sure that you get the lock button in. Then engage all the clips around the edge. Put all the rest of the screws, trim, and stuff back in. If you want to see this in regular speed, just check out our other videos for the 4Runner door panel installation.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench

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